CEPSI 2018 to discuss key issues related to energy

This year’s theme is to reflect the industry’s transformation to cope with challenges from technology disruption to increasing customer expectations

By TMR / Pic By TNB

The Conference of Electric Power Supply Industry 2018 (CEPSI 2018), which starts today, is expected to be attended by nearly 2,000 delegates in what is deemed as the largest energy and electricity supply industry conference in Malaysia.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is expected to deliver a keynote address at the three-day conference with the theme “Reimagining Utility of the Future“ to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre today.

The conference is hosted by Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) on behalf of the Association of the Electricity Supply Industry of East Asia and the Western Pacific (AESIEAP).

The organiser also expects about 4,500 visitors to visit the various booths put up by more than 100 exhibitors at a dedicated exhibition area.

CEPSI 2018 brings major industry leaders from all over the world together to look at a number of important industry issues such as challenges, strategies, sustainability, technologies and the future related to energy.

CEOs, senior executives, engineers, government officials and experts in the electric and power sector are expected to share their insights on the industry.

Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin is expected to open the conference.

The 44th council meeting of AESIEAP and its Executive Committee General Assembly will be held during CEPSI 2018.

For the conference, 17 thought leaders have been invited to share their thoughts on energy issues, as well as discuss the best practices on crucial issues like global trends and shifts, future utility, sustainability, innovation, digitalisation, megatrends and a smarter future for the electricity supply industry.

Among the experts and opinion leaders are McKinsey & Co senior partner Jonathan Woetzel, Siemens Malaysia president and CEO Indranil Lahiri, Tesla Energy head of business development and growth Lara Olsen, IBM Energy, Environment and Utility Industry global MD Brad Gammons, Sarawak Energy Bhd group CEO Sharbini Suhaili, BMW Group head of product management BMW i Dr Alexander Kotouc, Institute of Energy Economics Japan chief economist and MD Dr Ken Koyama and ABB Group’s Power Grids Division, South Asia, Middle East and Africa senior group VP Venu Nuguri.

Their topics of discussion and presentations will revolve around this year’s theme of reflecting the industry’s transformation to cope with challenges from technology disruption, economic shifts, evolving sustainability and regulatory requirements, and increasing customer expectations.

Besides the five keynote sessions, an estimated 550 technical papers will be presented during CEPSI 2018 including eight major streams on sustainability and green energy; generation and future alternatives; transmission and future grid; distribution and advanced network; smart grid and new technology; ICT and innovation, retail and customer service; and business transformation.

CEPSI 2018 is geared towards enabling fruitful discussions on the future of the energy supply industry and establishing meaningful networking among delegates from more than 30 countries over the next three days, said TNB.